It’s that time of year again, as we drift towards the season’s climax, and Manchester United’s players start to think of where to go this time to celebrate yet another league title, so those oh-so glitzy award ceremonies start to appear on the horizon.
The contenders for the PFA player of the season are out and here, if you hadn’t heard, is the line-up:
Gareth Bale – Tottenham Hotspur
Fantastic season for the Welsh winger – 23 goals in 39 appearences and he’s not even a proper forward! Tottenham’s star man and Europe’s most wanted.
Eden Hazard – Chelsea
A debut season to remember for the extravagantly talented Belgian, who has managed to fit into the English game very quickly. 13 goals and 18 assists prove his worth on this list.
Juan Mata – Chelsea
The Spanish maestro has excelled in his second year at Stamford Bridge. The dynamic midfielder has provided18 goals and an extraordinary 27 assists to Chelsea this year, an invaluable contribution in a turbulent year for the Blues.
Robin van Persie – Manchester United
Machine. RVP has proven his move from Arsenal to United was the right one by helping his new club storm the Premier League; in the process the Dutch master has bagged 28 goals.
Michael Carrick – Manchester United
The quiet Geordie, much-maligned for so long has been the constant at the heart of the United midfield this season, keeping things ticking over and supplying plenty of quality passing. is it his year?
Luis Suarez – Liverpool
The Uruguayan cannot help but grab the headlines, for good or bad, but despite his latest offence his 30 goal return this season in a struggling Liverpool side is undeniably brilliant.
Whilst all of those on this prestigious list have certainly had good seasons (some more carnivorous than others), who deserves to be recognised by his peers as the single outstanding player?
Now, we know it’s up to the players themselves to pick, but what do you, the fans think? Well, now’s your chance to pin your colours to the mast, pin the tail on the donkey and pin Andre the Giant for the 3 count. Vote below on who you think should win.
(N.B. all nominees are fully deserving of their place in this poll, 100%. Definitely. Fact.)